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Sunland girl dies two days after SUV accident

June 18, 2011 |  9:45 pm

A 14-year-old Sunland girl died Thursday after driving an SUV into a storm channel two days earlier.

Lindsey Woodward was attending a gathering at the Sunland Neighborhood Evangelical church about 9:10 p.m. Tuesday when she climbed into the driver's seat of an SUV, then backed through a chain-link fence and plunged into the channel, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Donald Kelly said.

"She put it into reverse and didn't -- or was unable to -- stop," Kelly said.

Woodward was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where she was pronounced dead Thursday, L.A. County coroner's investigator Kitty McCracken said.

Police said an 18-year-old in the passenger seat received minor injuries.

-- Christopher Goffard